• Freedom From Parenting Guilt

    Freedom From Parenting Guilt

    Like most parents I fear that I fall short with my children. I worry that I don’t have what it takes as a mom and that I could possibly ruin my one shot at this child rearing

  • Are Unexcused Absences Ever Excusable?

    Are Unexcused Absences Ever Excusable?

    I take school and academics very seriously, but I am not opposed to missing a day every once in a while even when the reasons aren't related to death or illness. Maybe you've seen some

  • 10 Ways To Feel Loved and Adored By Your Spouse

    10 Ways To Feel Loved and Adored By Your Spouse

    (originally posted on November 11, 2013) Imagine your husband brings home a rare painting in an ornate frame and he wants to hang it up in the living room, but you can’t find any nails,

When to Introduce Video Games

By | October 23rd, 2015|Categories: Family, Parenting Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

  When my son Z was four we were given a Wii. It was a hand-me-down. No exchange of money was involved. The consoles have since been discontinued anyway, so it really shouldn't be too

Birth Photography

By | October 22nd, 2015|Categories: Babies, Pregnancy & Birth|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

    I know birth photography isn't for everyone, but for some of us it is such a wonderfully significant milestone it's worth documenting. I am currently working on doing multiple guest post about my

3 Year Gap

By | October 19th, 2015|Categories: Pregnancy & Birth|Tags: , , , , , , |

Tomorrow I am 35 weeks along in this pregnancy! Let's just say that if history repeats itself (as it has consistently done with all of my other pregnancies) then a month from now I will NOT

Mirrored Writing

By | October 16th, 2015|Categories: Schooling, Special Needs|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Have you ever seen the servers write their name upside down at Macaroni Grill? I waited tables there for years and really had the backwards cursive signature down pat. It took practice though. It wasn't

School is Cool

By | October 15th, 2015|Categories: Schooling|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I realize I already talked about school yesterday and don't want to bore you all, but I do have more to share and I'll tell you why. 1. I am extremely passionate about education. If we

Kindergarten Success!

By | October 14th, 2015|Categories: Schooling, Special Needs|Tags: , , , , , |

I'll admit to being apprehensive about the day SJ would go to Kindergarten. She has always been so far behind in speech (due to her late identified hearing loss) that I just didn't know if she would

Update on “The Jeremy and Natalies”

By | October 12th, 2015|Categories: Babies, Family, My Life|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I have some exciting news to share with all of you, but before I get right to the announcement let me start with some interesting facts about my "unique" family. Close to 15 years ago

Trying Out My New Maternity Clothes!

By | October 7th, 2015|Categories: Pregnancy & Birth|Tags: , , , , , , , |

While this is not a sponsored post I did receive a complimentary subscription and promotional item in exchange for my review.    I said I would be bombarding you with pregnancy pics and showing off all of  my

How to Respond to Whining and Model Behavior

By | October 2nd, 2015|Categories: Parenting Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I have heard people teach that the best way to encourage your child to read is for them to see you reading. I have heard the same concept about eating healthy, and being eager to

Update on Baby #4

By | September 30th, 2015|Categories: My Life, Pregnancy & Birth|Tags: , , , , , |

Yesterday I was trying to remember how many weeks pregnant I am. Thirty-two. The answer is THIRTY-TWO! I feel like everything is hitting me all at once. I really want to meet and hold my baby.

The Next Big Thing In Maternity Fashion

By | September 22nd, 2015|Categories: Pregnancy & Birth|Tags: , , , |

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Bella Gravida. I received a complimentary subscription and promotional item to thank me for my participation.    Today I am 31 weeks pregnant

More Laundry Headed My Way

By | September 18th, 2015|Categories: Babies, Babies & Toddlers, Frugal Living, Natural Living, Parenting Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

With a family 5 I do my fair share of laundry, and I am about to do even more. First of all I've got these itty bitty baby girl clothes to wash. Aside from the


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